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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
What's your favourite vintage / film-era manual focus lens, and why?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 44
Views: 1,048
My current favorite vintage lens is my A 35-105 f3.5. I rarely used it when I was shooting film, but when I went digital with a K10D, it became a perfect fit for me. Once it turned into a slightly longer zoom range on APS-C, it suited my eye much better and made it a great "walking around" lens for me. I like its build quality, sharpness, and even its considerable weight, which I feel balances my K10D nicely.
Forum: General Photography 07-02-2018, 02:41 PM  
Worst equipment that gave you a good image?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 18
Views: 648
I've had my share of cheap gear, but not necessarily bad gear. For years, my main camera was a Pentax K2 film camera that I paid $20 for because its meter was stuck on ASA 50. My primary film was Velvia 50 so it really wasn't a problem. But that doesn't really qualify as bad gear, I don't think. The closest I have is this image that I shot with a Tele-Astranar 400mm f6.3 pre-set lens. It was billed at the time as the "girl-watcher special" and it cost about $40 brand new. :lol: Preset, t-mount (Tele-Astranar, Impakt, Photax...) 400mm F6.3 Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database The image isn't as sharp as I'd like it to be, but that was my fault...not the lens'. Hmm...now that I think about it, I may have been using that cheap K2 on this shot, too. lol

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-26-2018, 01:09 PM  
Best Pentax lenses
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 27
Views: 1,338
:lol: That was my first thought, too. Then I decided to take it as them saying every lens Pentax makes is among the best.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-17-2018, 09:51 AM  
Hello from Oklahoma
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 11
Views: 260
Welcome! Glad you decided to post. I see you're in OKC. You should think about visiting our camera club. We can use all the Pentax users we can get. :lol: Message me if you'd like more information about days and times.
Forum: General Photography 06-16-2018, 05:34 AM  
Your "minimum kit" per purpose
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 28
Views: 905
I don't really have specific kits that I carry for different occasions. It varies depending upon whether I want to carry a bag or not, how loaded I want that bag to be, and what I expect to be shooting. Two of my favorite minimal kits, though, are my Tamron 70-300mm with either my Pentax 16-45mm or 17-70mm....or if I want an even more compact kit, my Pentax 18-55 with my Tokina SD 70-210.
Forum: General Photography 06-05-2018, 09:49 AM  
Photography Safety
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 96
Views: 2,705
Many years ago, I set out to take a photo of a cactus that was in full bloom. This was on a wildlife refuge and there was a group of buffalo in the area, but they were far enough away to not be of much concern. Unfortunately, the day was fairly windy so I had to frame my shot, lock down the tripod, then stare through the viewfinder with my thumb poised on the cable release, and wait for one of those infrequent half-second pauses between breezes. I had managed to snap several shots over about a half hour period when I suddenly heard a snort that was WAY too close. My first thought was, "Oh no! The buffalo!" My head snapped up fully expecting to see that I was now sitting in the middle of a herd of buffalo. They were vastly closer than before, but luckily still far enough away for me to quietly retreat back to my car. :lol:
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 05-25-2018, 06:27 PM  
video 101?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 12
Views: 604
What kind of videos are you wanting to shoot? As Adam said, Pentax isn't among the leaders in video, but can do a passable job. Especially since you're just learning, your cameras should work well enough.
Forum: General Photography 05-25-2018, 05:03 AM  
You guys helped me get back into it. Huge thanks to this community.
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 6
Views: 574
It's good to leave your camera behind every once in a while. I had an instructor who encouraged us to do just that. His belief was that, if you're constantly photographing everything, you're placing an obstruction (the camera) between you and the experience.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-21-2018, 05:28 AM  
Build quality of various 100mm f2.8 AF lenses
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 24
Views: 874
I have the FA and as everyone else has said, it's well-built but very heavy. The weight doesn't bother me because I use a tripod most of the times I'm shooting with it. One of the things I like about it is that if you want to focus manually, it has a control that dials in a bit of resistance to the focusing ring so that it feels more like a manual focusing lens. Like most macro lenses, it's performance is excellent. It's easily my go-to lens for close-up work.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-14-2018, 11:16 AM  
Fuji Predicts Canon & Nikon Will Loose 50% of Their Current Market Share
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 57
Views: 2,335
If Fuji did predict this...and I have my doubts about that...it might be worth remembering that they have experience in stealing significant market shares from photography giants so maybe they're seeing something we're not.
Forum: Photo Critique 05-14-2018, 05:17 AM  
Abstract a shot from Prague
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 6
Views: 410
I think your instincts were right. I like this scene a lot. When I'm teaching someone photography, I tell them, "Whenever you see something and think to yourself, 'That's kinda cool'...that should be your clue that there's a photo in there somewhere. Then all you have to do is figure out exactly what it was that caught your attention and how best to show that off." I pretty much agree with what Ole has said. The car doesn't bother me and I'd crop a bit off the bottom. I'm not crazy about the dock in the foreground, but if it wasn't there, you'd be left with a large chunk of open water that you'd probably be cropping out anyway. So while it's industrial feel contrasts with the pastoral feeling of the background, it serves a purpose in that it fills what would otherwise be a blank area in the composition and provides an extra layer of depth to your picture. Overall, it's a very nice shot!
Forum: General Photography 05-14-2018, 05:04 AM  
One of a few short sentences to why you love photography
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 40
Views: 1,834
I like this explanation. It's very close to what I was about to post, which is, "Showing the ordinary in an extraordinary way."
Forum: General Photography 05-08-2018, 09:24 AM  
Trying to get back into photography...
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 28
Views: 1,364
Why do you need any more justification beyond, "Because I enjoy it"? I went through a period similar to what you're dealing with now although my pathway there was different. I'd had some success selling my photos and, over time, that changed the way I was shooting. I started shooting what I thought would please other people and stopped shooting things I liked. Before long, I was very frustrated and would question myself whenever I'd go out to shoot. I ended up with pictures that neither my editors nor I liked. I finally figured out that the reason my pics weren't connecting was because I'd lost the most important ingredient....me. So I simply went back to shooting things that I liked and gave no thought to whether they'd been done before, whether they'd sell, or whether anyone else would like them. My suggestion to you would be to stop comparing yourself to others. Or if you do, do it in a more constructive way. Take a photo you admire that was taken by someone else and try to figure out why it works. Is it the composition? The color? The light? How they isolated the background? Or is it all of the above? Then try to incorporate the things you learn into photos of your own. Also, loosen up! Sometimes I take pictures just to get them out of my system. Things like...how the morning light hits my toothbrush when it's lying near the sink ...or maybe it's the patterns thrown on the wall by our blinds. Lately it's been the muddy smears our dog leaves on our glass patio door when she paws the door wanting in. When the morning sun backlights them, it kinda looks like abstract paintings. Most likely I'll never use any of those pics, but the important thing, I believe, is to follow my curiosity so I'll be in the habit of doing that when my subjects are more than a toothbrush or muddy paw prints. :)

P.S. You should forget about trying to cure the itch to buy new gear. That's pretty permanent. LOL
Forum: General Photography 05-06-2018, 02:57 PM  
Photos of yours that you love but nobody else does
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 36
Views: 2,347
This is a hand-held long exposure of rush hour traffic that I took from my parking garage one rainy evening. I always liked the blur because it seemed to add a sense of chaos to things. But I guess not everyone felt that. :lol:

Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-30-2018, 04:57 AM  
sensor cleaning air blower for travel
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 5
Views: 467
I haven't tried it for sensor cleaning, but I used to use a baby ear syringe for blowing dust off my camera and lenses back in the film days. It won't be as forceful as a Rocket Blower, but it might work. They're cheap so it might be worth checking out. This one is similar to what I have: Amsino Disposable Non-sterile Bulb Syringe
Forum: Photo Critique 04-18-2018, 11:33 AM  
Landscape Mountainscape in winter
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 20
Views: 1,901
I think most of the renditions are pretty good. Overall, this is just a very nice shot. The one thing that bugs me, though, is the tiny branch that touches the side of the mountain on the upper left side. To me, that creates a bit of a merge since the branch is following the line of the mountain side. I think I'd retouch that out.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-03-2018, 01:19 PM  
how well do M series lens stand up
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 55
Views: 2,808
Regardless of series, most Pentax prime lenses are good performers so I wouldn't worry much about whether a lens is a K, M, or A mount.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-25-2018, 06:37 AM  
Locked up shutter on Yashica Electro TL
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Dang. The only other thing I can think of that might be an easy fix is that sometimes cameras can tear out a sprocket hole. The little piece of film can sometimes lodge in the track of the shutter and cause it to jam.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-25-2018, 06:33 AM  
Track Sliders
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 6
Views: 720
I've got a Rig Rat slider that I use for video. I'd never thought about using it for still photography. I also have a macro focusing rail so I'd always used that when needed. Using my slider is a good idea though. It offers a lot more movement. Thanks! :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-25-2018, 06:24 AM  
Locked up shutter on Yashica Electro TL
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Have you tried pushing the film rewind button on the bottom of the camera? Sometimes the frame counter on film cameras can think they're at the end of a roll of film even when they're not. It can cause the film advance to stop working.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-12-2018, 02:35 PM  
K-70 bundle, which to pick?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 19
Views: 1,003
I think what you're seeing is lens flare, so a hood could possibly help. Removing or replacing the filter is a good idea, too. A filter that is coated as well as your lens won't be cheap.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-02-2018, 01:29 PM  
Help me choose - Pentax FA 100m f2.8 vs.Tamron 90mm f2.8 272Ep vs. Sigma EX 105 f2.8
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 67
Views: 2,526
I was going to make that point, too. It's hard to go wrong with a macro lens. They're all pretty good. That said, I have the Pentax FA 100mm f2.8 and it's pretty heavy. That may or may not be a consideration for you. Performance-wise, though, I think you'd be pleased with it.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-09-2018, 01:40 PM  
Suggestions for Monopod w/feet
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 23
Views: 974
I've got the Sirui P204SR although I haven't used it enough to get a good feel for it, but it's definitely well made a pretty heavy duty. I bought mine for video purposes. I've placed small cameras on it and left it standing alone indoors and it did fine, but I'm not sure I'd try that with a 300mm. New, they're out of your price range, but I bought mine off ebay. It was in mint condition and was well within what you're wanting to pay. So if you look around and have patience, there are deals to be had.
Forum: General Photography 01-21-2018, 09:52 AM  
Mannequin head on a stick, lol?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 18
Views: 927
As you've already seen...no, you're not crazy. I learned studio lighting using one of those styrofoam heads that are used to store wigs. They're dirt-cheap...like less than $5. Almost all of them are white, but I suppose you could paint it if you wanted.
Forum: General Photography 01-16-2018, 10:15 AM  
Picture Thread....Thrift Store and Yard Sale Finds , Deals , and Scores !
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 8
Views: 823
Oh man...nice deals, guys! My latest find wasn't in the same category as yours, but I was happy with it. I found an A-series 50mm f1.7 at an estate sale. It was marked $25, but it was the last day of the sale so everything was half off. My wife was waiting in the car for me and she gave me "the look" when she saw I'd bought a lens. I'm just glad she doesn't know enough about camera gear to know I already had 2 M-series copies of this lens. :lol:
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